Anderson, Bowers Draw Draft Talk
Mikey Anderson and Shane Bowers are preparing for second seasons with the Waterloo Black Hawks in which they will be watched closely by the National Hockey League.
Bowers, Anderson, and three other prospective Waterloo players were recently named to NHL Central Scouting’s Future List, which highlighted 300 star candidates for the 2017 Draft next June.
In 2015/16, both Anderson and Bowers made significant contributions to Waterloo, although they were the team’s two youngest skaters. Bowers ranked ninth in regular season scoring among all United States Hockey League rookies, tallying 15 goals and 18 assists in 56 contests. After scoring in his first USHL game, the Nova Scotia native’s season was highlighted by a pair of four-game point streaks. Bowers also recorded four assists during a 6-4 victory against the Sioux City Musketeers on April 2nd.
Anderson played in 57 regular season games, with a +6 plus/minus differential. The defenseman notched one goal and 15 assists. Anderson’s offensive contribution bloomed to three goals and two assists in nine postseason appearances. He is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
The Black Hawks also have rights to three other players on the Central Scouting Future List. Dylan Mills, Keaton Pehrson, and Dylan Samberg each played high school hockey in Minnesota last winter. Pehrson and Samberg are committed to Michigan Tech and Minnesota-Duluth respectively.
The 2017 NHL Draft will be conducted in Chicago on June 23rd and 24th. The Central Scouting Service provides periodic updates on draft candidates prior, during, and after the regular season. The final postseason ranking – typically announced in April – provides a neutral reference point for member clubs preparing to make their selections.
Five players who have appeared for the Black Hawks were chosen during the 2016 NHL Draft. The group included Jake Ryczek and Ryan Lohin, who completed the 2015/16 season in Waterloo. Since 2009, 27 players with ties to the Hawks have been called during the NHL Draft. Ten of those Hawks were selected during the first three rounds.